[quote=Seattle.RC]Our pastor introduced this change to our response in the prayers of the faithful last week.
I don’t like it. It suggests to me that Jesus is not coeternal and not consubstantial with God. It suggests He merely intercedes for us like the Mother of God or other saints. It suggests that He is not God.
Does this sound like Arianism revisited to anyone else?
:eek: :eek: :eek:
Jesus Christ is Our Lord and Our God - therefore, we do not ask for His prayers.
Complication - He is also Our great High Priest (see Hebrews 7) and as such “He lives to makes intercession for us”. (Which is perhaps what your priest had in mind.) And, it is quite true, that for the first two centuries it was thought unfitting to address prayer to Him; prayer was offered to the Father,“in [His] Name”, as He Himself commanded.
However, His intercession and mediation is not entirely like that of the Saints: for it is universal; needs no prompting from us but is, rather, the cause of our awareness of our needs; and is the intercession of One Who knows us intimately and entirely. He does not simply intercede - He is also Our Mediator: that is, He both prays on our behalf to His Father, and, “bridges the gap” between His Father and us: no creature can do this - He identifies Himself with us, and already has the interests of His Father at heart also.
FWIW - it seems curious to change the form of prayer provided in the Liturgy.
Instead of worrying about your priest’s orthodoxy - why not ask him why he did as he did ? ##